17 days in West Coast Itinerary

17 days in West Coast Itinerary

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17 days in West Coast Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Olympic National Park
— 2 nights
bus + ferry:  1​h 30​min
2
Seattle
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Portland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Underwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  11​h 30​min
5
Death Valley National Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Yosemite National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
7
Paso Robles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
San Francisco
— 3 nights
Drive:  47​h
End: Montreal

2
nights
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park ©
In Olympic National Park, ancient rainforests and ocean tidal pools at lower elevations contrast with wildflower-filled alpine meadows and snowcapped peaks.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): delve into the lush surroundings at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hoh River. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Olympic Peninsula and then trek along Hurricane Ridge.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Olympic National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Montreal, Canada to Olympic National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Montreal to Olympic National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Montreal in May: highs in Olympic National Park hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Seattle.

Things to do in Olympic National Park

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Olympic Peninsula
Highlights from your plan
Hoh River ©
Hoh River
Hurricane Ridge ©
Hurricane Ridge
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center ©
Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center

1
night
Seattle

Seattle ©
Nicknamed the "Emerald City" because of its abundant evergreen trees, Seattle is the cultural and business center of the Pacific Northwest, as well as a popular holiday destination.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in panoramic vistas at Space Needle, take in the exciting artwork at Chihuly Garden and Glass, then take in the waterfront at Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, then stroll through Kerry Park, and finally take a stroll through Pike Place Market.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Seattle day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Olympic National Park to Seattle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Olympic National Park in May, things will get a bit warmer in Seattle: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Portland.

Things to do in Seattle

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chihuly Garden and Glass ©
Chihuly Garden and Glass
Kerry Park ©
Kerry Park
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks ©
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

1
night
Portland

Portland ©
A big city with a small-town feel, Portland is home to the country's biggest rose test garden, perched on a hill overlooking downtown.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Portland Japanese Garden, trek along Forest Park, and then snap pictures at St. Johns Bridge. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Vista House, take in the dramatic natural features at Oneonta Gorge, and then stop by Powell's City of Books.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Portland trip itinerary planning site .

You can fly from Seattle to Portland in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Underwood.

Things to do in Portland

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Vista House, Oneonta Gorge
Highlights from your plan
Portland Japanese Garden ©
Portland Japanese Garden
Powell's City of Books ©
Powell's City of Books
Oneonta Gorge ©
Oneonta Gorge

2
nights
Underwood

Underwood ©
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, then learn about winemaking at Phelps Creek Vineyards, and then cruise along Hood River County Fruit Loop.

You can plan Underwood trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Portland to Underwood takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Portland in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Underwood: temperatures range from 20°C by day to 13°C at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Underwood

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hood River, Oregon
Highlights from your plan
Phelps Creek Vineyards ©
Phelps Creek Vineyards

1
night
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the activities along Badwater, then take in the dramatic natural features at Zabriskie Point, and then take an in-depth tour of The Ranch at Furnace Creek.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Death Valley National Park journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Underwood to Death Valley National Park. While traveling from Underwood, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Death Valley National Park, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
The Ranch at Furnace Creek ©
The Ranch at Furnace Creek

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nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
On the 19th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, then don't miss a visit to Valley View, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Glacier Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Olmsted Point and then explore the striking landscape at Lembert Dome.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Yosemite National Park trip maker .

Traveling by bus from Death Valley National Park to Yosemite National Park takes 5.5 hours. In May, Yosemite National Park is much colder than Death Valley National Park - with highs of 21°C and lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glacier Point ©
Glacier Point
El Capitan ©
El Capitan
Valley View ©
Valley View

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nights
Paso Robles

Paso Robles ©
A town of hot springs and wine, Paso Robles (or "Pass of the Oaks") feels like a desert paradise to those who travel here.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): grab your bike and head to Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Seal Rookery and then look for gifts at Pasolivo Olive Oil.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Paso Robles trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Paso Robles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, Paso Robles is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in Paso Robles

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, Friends of the Elephant Seal
Highlights from your plan
Friends of the Elephant Seal ©
Friends of the Elephant Seal
Pasolivo Olive Oil ©
Pasolivo Olive Oil

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nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
On the 23rd (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at San Francisco Bay, head off the coast to Alcatraz Island, and then snap pictures at Golden Gate Bridge. On the 24th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castello di Amorosa, then learn about winemaking at V. Sattui Winery, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Muir Woods National Monument.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip builder website .

You can drive from Paso Robles to San Francisco in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Paso Robles in May, you will find days in San Francisco are little chillier (24°C), and nights are a bit warmer (13°C). You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muir Woods National Monument, Castello di Amorosa, V. Sattui Winery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
San Francisco Bay ©
San Francisco Bay

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